Bentley has unveiled the Flying Spur V8 S, which has been tuned for more power and brings along a revised suspension for the ride. A number of visual elements have also been added as well to distinguish the mid-spec V8 S from the Flying Spur V8 and the W12. The new variant will make its debut in Geneva next month.
Exterior changes include a black matrix grille with a body-coloured insert, a Beluga gloss rear diffuser, a ‘V8 S’ badge at the rear and ‘V8 S’ tread plates along with a set of 20-inch open-spoke painted wheels. Optional items including dark-tint lights, black gloss exterior mirror covers, while a Mulliner Driving Specification, 21-inch black and bright machined six-spoke wheels can also be had.
Inside, the model gets piano-black wood veneers, a three-spoke sports steering wheel, a knurled gear lever and paddle shifters. Two-tone seats along with ‘V8 S’ headrest stitching and a contrasting roof centre bow are also standard fit. A touchscreen remote, which can be detached from the veneered rear centre console as well as WiFi hotspot functionality is also to be found.
The model can be further specified with semi-aniline hide, straight-fluting leather seats, while the Mulliner Driving Specification comes with diamond quilting pattern. There’s also a Multimedia Specification, which includes a Rear Seat Entertainment system. Other optional items that can be added include carbon ceramic brakes with red and black calipers.
In terms of the added power, the Audi-sourced 4.0 litre twin-turbo V8 engine has been uprated to deliver an additional 21 PS (from 507 PS) and 680 Nm of torque (from 660 Nm), which comes in at an early 1,700 rpm. The V8 S goes from 0-100 km/h in 4.9 seconds, which is 0.3 seconds faster than the V8 model, and has a top speed of 306 km/h.
Despite having been tuned for more power, the company says that the increased performance is achieved “without detriment” to the fuel economy and CO2 emissions. Bentley claims that the V8 S will have a travel range of 837 km. In addition to that, it will return 10.9 litres per 100 km, while CO2 emissions are rated at 254 grammes per km.
Revisions to the engine and transmission have brought about sharper throttle response, which provides power at a lower rev range. Power is sent to an all-wheel drive system with a 40:60 rear-biased torque distribution.
As for the ride, the V8 S receives a new responsive suspension tuning which gives it better handling and body control. The Continuous Damping Control (CDC) system has also been recalibrated along with the Electronic Stability Control, which allows for increased wheel slip at higher speeds, with engine torque reinstated more quickly after a system intervention.
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